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Laravel Winter Showcase at Talener New York

January 26th, 2017

What’s the best way to kick off the New Year at the new HQ? A great meetup, of course!  Talener New York welcomed the Laravel Meetup winter showcase last week.  This is the first group that visited our new office space at 2 Grand Central Tower, next to Grand Central Station.

Talener looks for ways to get involved in the tech community.  The Laravel meetup gave us the chance to meet members of the community and learn more about Laravel through two excellent presenters – Ilan Gitter & Christophe Tumminello.

Ilan engaged the crowd with his spot-on Game of Thrones references that were relevant to Laravel & Vue.Js as a toolbox. Plus, he talked specifically about handling sensitive data across the wire.  His experience as a Full Stack Developer, Musician & current Front End Developer at OmniMedia mean that he brought a unique perspective to his craft.

Likewise, Christopher Tumminello, former Lead Engineer at VICE Media, and current Senior Consultant at EY Digital, enlightened the crowd about his take on Laravel.  He discussed utilizing Laravel as a prototyping toolkit. It offers a clean slate to create innovative forward thinking features & applications in a quick and powerful way.

The Meetup provides the community with the ability to learn, teach, and connect with other Laravel enthusiasts.  Three dozen people met, enjoyed the evening, and gained some valuable insight about technology that is perpetually changing how we do things.

We’d like to thank Arron Kallenberg, the Laravel Meetup organizer for his dedication to the event and to the Laravel community.  His passion for his craft and desire help others to learn is unparalleled.

If you’re interested in learning more about Talener, the Laravel community, or have questions about the current hiring market in tech, please feel free to reach out to us.  If you are interested in other technologies beyond Laravel, specialized teams are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Talener is always looking to engage with the community and provide insight about tech & hiring.

Grant Zaccareo – gzaccareo@talener.com

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Talener Hires Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships

January 20th, 2017

It is with great pride that we welcome back Tiffany Roesler to Talener.  She joins the Talener HQ team in New York as the Head of Training & Strategic Partnerships.  Tiffany started with us as an entry-level Relationship Manager role in 2010 and worked her way up to becoming the 1st Female Director at Talener. From there, she developed her entrepreneurial spirit at her own company, continually striving to create a better IT community through innovation.  The expertise she gained outside of Talener provides her with thoughtful perspective and unparalleled experience in staffing & technology. We are delighted to have her back, as she will undertake the implementation of Talener’s new e-learning platform for new recruiters continual development. Likewise, she will nurture strategic partnerships to create thoughtfully-curated meetups and round tables enriching our communities in helping organizations and leaders progress.

“Tiffany has done a wonderful job growing brands and she has a deep passion for training and mentoring others.  She is an incredible woman with an amazing story who is coming back to Talener at a critical time as we are evolving our training process,” comment CEO Michael Dsupin. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to pair with Simona House, our Training Manager, to deliver this next version of our training curriculum and help us to continue to grow Talener.  I am so excited to work closely with her again!  I believe that Tiffany will help us innovate and help take Talener to the next level.”

As a veteran of Talener, Tiffany joins us with a core understanding of the business as well as outside experience that she can share with us.  “I’m so proud to rejoin my original mentors and mates– coming back felt surreal at first.” She adds, “The culture is so welcoming, ambitious, vibrant and contagious. In joining forces with Talener, I’m afforded the opportunity to share my passion in helping others in their pursuit, further my own development, and connect vision & action to make a wide-ranging impact.”

Everyone at Talener looks forward to the opportunity to work with Tiffany as she helps us move forward to our ultimate goal of being the best IT staffing agency in the business.

 

Posted in Talener Blog

Tech Meetups : Laravel Chicago Spotlight

October 17th, 2016

Information flows freely when you walk through the door of a Meetup.  From conversational language breakfasts to equine enthusiasts – you can find a meetup for nearly any hobby or interest. And the benefit of meeting people with similar interests goes beyond good conversation and new relationships – it can also be beneficial to your career.

Technical meetups are popping up all over the country and across the world.  People with very specific tech interests can exchange their knowledge in a space where everyone shares the same interests.  Plus, many meetups are sponsored by local companies that may allow you to see their space after hours or talk with their employees about the work environment.

We spoke with Hao Luo, the head of the Laravel Chicago Meetup to get his insights about why meetups are so important, and how meetups provide a way to learn & socialize outside of the workplace.

What do you think is the principal reason that people attend meetups like Laravel Chicago?

Guests come to Laravel Chicago because they are curious about the technology and are looking for a community to exchange ideas.

What is the benefit to having a meetup in a company space versus a neutral space?

There are many benefits to having the group at a company setting. First, the space is usually accessible for most attendees.  Second, members can interact with the sponsors before and after the meetup to make connections.   Plus, many sponsors regularly help advertise our events on their social media networks.

What are your goals for Laravel Chicago?

My goal for Laravel Chicago is to form a community of tech-enthusiasts who are interested in Laravel.  More times than not, a developer can feel lonely working in a silo, and Laravel Chicago is a place where a developer can feel a sense of belonging.  The ethos of the web is about openness, and collaboration.  I believe, as web developers, our profession dictates us to have a similar mindset, and as we collaborate together, we become better developers.

How did the group start and evolve?

Laravel was just getting popular a few years ago, and I realized that Developers in Chicago who were interested in the PHP framework were craving a community.  Together with my manager, we created a group on Meetup.com and had our first event in Evanston.

Unfortunately, only two people came to our meetup event. We were, or course, disappointed, but we continued to have it in Evanston. Unfortunately, the meetup just wasn’t getting enough traction and we had to suspend the group.  Sometime later on, one of our co-workers told us about Talener and how they might be interested in sponsoring us.

In 2012, we were able to revive the group and had our first meetup group in downtown Chicago at the Talener office. The turnout was phenomenal. And those people who came to that event are regulars now, years later.

What is your goal going into every meetup?

I want to foster the sense of community and pique the interest of our new members.  At the same time, I want to encourage our members to get out of their comfort zones. Often, this means challenging them to present at our upcoming events.

Any advice for novice developers joining a meetup group?

  1. Keep Being Curious and Continue to Learn
  2. Make Friends
  3. Remember to contribute back to the community by giving a presentation of two. Don’t be nervous- we really are all friends!

What would you say to someone who is nervous or feeling a little uncomfortable about coming to a meetup because they don’t know anyone or they don’t think their skills are up to par with the rest of the group?

It’s always nerve-wracking doing anything the first time. Coming to a meetup group and having to meet new people in a new environment is touch, but it really does get easier from there. And—don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

 

If you’re interested in PHP Frameworks, generally curious about Laravel, or just getting started as a developer, take a few minutes to look at their meetup and join us on Tuesday, October 25th for their next meetup at the Talener Chicago office.  As always, pizza & drinks are provided!

For more information, visit the Laravel Chicago Meetup Page, or get in contact with Mary Kate at mmcgillivray@talener.com or Gabe Klein at gklein@talener.com

Posted in News, Talener Blog

The Purple Squirrel: Senior Mobile Engineers

September 15th, 2016

purplesquirrelThe term varies slightly across agencies, but the goal is the same: Find the Purple Squirrel! Our purple squirrel is a mid-senior level mobile engineer with 3+ years of experience.  Across the country, we have dozens of roles open for Android & iOS Engineers — and not enough available candidates.

If you think about how we consume digital media, it’s no surprise that the use of smartphones and tablets has increased while desktop usage decreases.  Social media is primarily driven through mobile -over 60% of which is dedicated to social media usage.  Startups and established brands alike are scrambling to ensure that their mobile experiences will keep consumers coming back.

Why are mobile engineers in such high demand— and why aren’t there any readily available for some of the top companies in the mobile space?  We spoke to Gabe Klein, the Front End and Open Source Technologies Manager in Chicago, to get his input about a market where demand is high and a supply of experienced mobile engineers is low.


What is your general feeling about mobile development roles?

Gabe: The great part about mobile development is that it is relatively clear cut.  Unlike other technology stacks where there are nuances about particular frameworks (think PHP or JavaScript), typically an engineer is either Android or iOS.

Why is the market so geared towards mid-senior level candidates?

Gabe: Before diving into the market’s desire for senior-level candidates, we need to look at the types of development teams that companies have created internally.  In Chicago, many of our clients have small mobile teams, so the ability to train and nurture a junior developer (talented or not) often doesn’t align with its immediate needs as a business.

Because of this, the market demands mid to senior-level candidates, even though, in my experience, junior developers are able to handle the work load. However, they may not have all of the boxes ticked when it comes to professional experience or the ability to hit the ground running without much direction.

From personal experience, larger, established companies have been willing to take on a more junior level engineer if they have more robust mobile teams.

Are good mobile developers few and far between?

Gabe: Not necessarily.  There just happens to be significantly more jobs open than candidates who are either unemployed or looking to leave their current role. They have their choice when it comes to choosing an employer.  Many companies offer perks that range from dog-friendly offices to flex schedules—everything to accommodate and retain good mobile engineers.  The competition is steep and they know that they can (and should be!) picky.

And it isn’t just the cool work space, perks & salary that will interest a great mobile engineer. If all else is equal, app content and the ability to develop from scratch also tip the scale.  When we sit down with engineers and ask them about their ideal role, they talk about working on a useful app, one that would provide value to themselves or their circle of friends & family.

How does a less experienced mobile engineer get experience when the market is so geared towards senior-level developers?

Gabe: Internships, projects, and continually honing technical skills.  Someone who demonstrates their experience building an app from start to end is highly valuable. It shows follow through, professional experience (even if it is a personal project), and a final product. Don’t be afraid to use a recruiter for mobile engineer roles, even if your experience is more junior.  When we have good relationships with our clients, they are often willing to meet junior candidates because we provide the initial screening.

 

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Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Canceling Your Interview

June 2nd, 2016

It happens: a family emergency, traffic, or an alarm that didn’t go off.  Even when you’ve meticulously prepared for it- sometimes it seems like the Job-Seeking Gods are against you.

If you have to cancel your interview, your best excuse is always an honest one.  Often, the most elaborate excuses raise red flags. We’ve heard them all. If you must cancel, consider (if possible) calling the interviewer or scheduler directly to convey your sincere regret for missing the scheduled time with them.  By letting the interviewer or recruiter know as soon as you are aware that you can’t arrive on-time (or at all), other arrangements can be made to salvage your chances at a second shot.

Talener asked its seasoned recruiters about some of the more interesting excuses they’ve heard over the years.

Excuses

What excuses (real or not!) have you or someone else given when you needed to cancel an interview?


**The recruiter called Barnes & Noble to track down the wallet so he could interview— he got the job**

 

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